How was your experience with Julie Rhee at Vios Fertility Institute?
Dr. Rhee explained the options, heard my concerns, and offered a recommendation of treatment, but I always felt like I had a choice. In fact, during our last cycle she explained a concern she had, but also shared that she was comfortable with either course of action we decided on. We also experienced low numbers of eggs during our 2 retrievals. Dr. Rhee explained why she was comfortable and confident with continuing the cycle and we were lucky enough to end up with being pregnant with twins. Dr. Rhee was compassionate, provided me with all the necessary information and never made us feel pressured into a decision. The day I was discharged with a healthy pregnancy was an very exciting day, yet a little sad because Dr. Rhee and her team were more like family throughout our journey.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Julie Rhee at Vios Fertility Institute?
Explore your options, but you can be confident in a decision to seek treatment with Dr. Rhee.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Julie Rhee at Vios Fertility Institute?
During my treatment, I felt I was treated very much like a human and not a number. I could call the office and talk to Dr. Rhee or her nurse, Meredith, at any time. Never felt rushed through a conversation. I also got to know the the other ladies in the office, so it felt more like a family during this difficult time.
Describe the protocols Julie Rhee used in your cycles at Vios Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
After my OBGYN tested me for egg quality and reserve and tested my husband, Dr. Rhee began our treatment with a sonohysterosalpingogram. My tubes were not blocked, but I had dilation so Dr. Rhee recommended a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) before we moved forward with treatment. The HSG showed the dye coming through, but pooled. Dr. Rhee was comfortable with moving forward with treatment. Had it showed blockage, she would have removed the blocked tube. Because we were lucky enough to have our insurance cover IVF and we had previous pregnancy resulting in a genetic abnormality that was fatal, Dr. Rhee recommended IVF over IUI. IVF allowed us to do a genetic screening of the embryos (PGS). Because of my age and health, there was no concern or any reason to believe we wouldn't get a desired amount of eggs for the egg retrieval. I went through the first IVF cycle, but Dr. Rhee was only able to retrieve 5 eggs - 4 of which were mature. 1 egg did not make it to day 5. We tested 3 eggs with PGS. All came back abnormal. Dr. Rhee recommended another cycle of IVF and depending on how many eggs we got this time, we would bank the eggs and do another cycle. For our second IVF cycle, we changed the injections in hopes of more eggs. Unfortunately we only retrieved 3 eggs. But, we had high quality embryos again and 2 out of 3 made it to day 5 (not very common). Because the first PGS test showed all embryos to be abnormal, but abnormal for unusual chromosomal issues that would either cause an early miscarriage or would autocorrect, we talked to Dr. Rhee about skipping the PGS test and doing a fresh egg transfer. Dr. Rhee was very supportive and comfortable with the option. After much consideration, we took a leap of faith and skipped the PGS test and transferred our only 2 embryos. Six days later I got a positive home pregnancy test and Dr. Rhee did a blood test 9 days after the transfer and confirmed I was pregnant. We went for blood work 2 more times to monitor numbers and then went in for an ultrasound at 6 weeks were it was confirmed we were having twins. We heard 2 heartbeats - it was the best day! Dr. Rhee scanned me weekly through 9 weeks when I was discharged with a healthy pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Vios Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Meredith Woody)
My primary nurse was amazing! During my time, the office was smaller so I didn't always get someone on the first call, but I always got a call back in a reasonable amount of time. I know they are growing, so this might be different now. My nurse and the entire team at Vios always had my appointments and procedure protocols organized and I never felt lost in the process. The entire team at Vios was genuinely invested in my care and outcome.
Describe your experience with Vios Fertility Institute.
Everything was organized and I never had issues with appointments or prescriptions. You do have to be prepared to visit their Mercy office and their IL office during an IVF cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Julie Rhee at Vios Fertility Institute.
I was lucky enough to have insurance coverage so all i paid was my out of pocket maximum. Leading to this were office visit copays, paying for injections before delivery and paying 50% of procedure cost prior to the procedure. The remaining balance was due after it went through insurance after procedure completion.
Describe Julie Rhee's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Vios Fertility Institute.
Dr. Rhee made us aware of the possibility of embryos splitting and shared all the information on the risks of carrying multiples. She also shared that based on my age and other factors, one embryo was recommended. But, she gave us the option of 1 or 2, but would not do more. I was very happy to be able to make my own decision after hearing all of the facts.